Issue No.2          October 2016

Trident University International provides an exceptional online educational experience for its students – diverse adult learners including current and former members of the military family.
Adhering to the highest standards of academic excellence, faculty and staff foster a learning community where students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to enhance their lives and advance their careers.

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Trident University is happy to welcome Dr. Mihaela Tanasescu as our new Provost, Chief Academic Officer, and Accreditation Liaison Officer for WASC Senior College and University Commission.

Dr. Tanasescu comes to us from Ashford University where she most recently served as Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer, and Accreditation Liaison Officer for WSCUC.

Dr. Tanasescu is already familiar with Trident and its key tenets of academic excellence and a superior student experience as, prior to her tenure at Ashford, she served as Dean of the College of Health Sciences and the College of Education at Trident. We look forward to her further efforts to improve academic content and delivery, building on the success of our online learning management system and the Trident Fastric 8-week session structure.

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Tanasescu back to the Trident family. Her significant leadership experience in the education space and familiarity with the Trident community will allow her to make a quick impact on the student experience and the University’s high academic standards,” said Travis Allen, Trident’s President & CEO.

Dr. Tanasescu has over 20 years of service in health and education, including prior work at the National Institute of Public Health in Romania. She has carried out research at Harvard University and the University of Connecticut. She holds a Doctor of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health, a Master of Science from the University of Connecticut, and a Medical Degree from the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania.


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Featured Faculty

Dr. Heidi Gilligan has been appointed as Dean of the College of Education. Dr. Gilligan joined Trident in November of 2014, previously serving as Program Director of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Master of Arts in Education (MAED) programs. In her time at Trident, she has successfully developed the curriculum for the Ed.D. program, revised the Master of Arts in Education curriculum, and launched a number of graduate student support resources.

In her new role, Dr. Gillian will focus on enhancing the student experience through improved dissertation support, including mentors and writing resources, new program concentrations, the further development of the relevant and timely curricula, and meeting the needs of online graduate students.

Dr. Gilligan earned an Ed.D. in Community College/Higher Education Leadership from CSU Long Beach and earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from San Diego State University. Her research interests include the financial literacy of college students, retention and persistence of non-traditional college students, and college access for under-represented populations.

Dr. Gilligan is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), and American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Academic Spotlight

Master of Science in Homeland Security Program
Trident University’s College of Health and Human Services offers the Master of Science in Homeland Security (MSHLS) degree program. This program is designed for both military and civilian students with experience responding to domestic crises, terrorist-based events, and natural disasters. Specifically, the MSHLS program aims at equipping students with relevant knowledge, skills, and disposition to pursue a leadership role in a variety of homeland security professions in the federal, state, and local government, and industry areas.
The MSHLS degree program courses closely align with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mission objectives and area appropriately sequenced to correspond to before, during, and after a disaster episode on American soil. Courses include the topics of: crisis management, critical infrastructure protection, security technology, and intelligence analysis. Crises simulations and scenarios will be used to reinforce students’ skills to succeed in homeland security professions in the federal, state, and local government, and industry areas.
The MSHLS requires 40 semester credit hours. Trident offers almost every course in the degree program every session.

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“You combine the curriculum, the faculty, the regional accreditation, and the value and it was a wonderful fit for me."
Dr. Jessica Egbert,  Ph.D. in Educational Leadership 
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As an award-winning organizational psychologist, Dr. Fitzgerald's research and practice is focused on complex collaboration and strengths-based change.
Dr. Stephen Fitzgerald,  Director of Faculty Development
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CSM (retired) Philip F. Johndrow was in the Army for more than 33 years, serving as a squadron, brigade, division, and corps command sergeant major.
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Career Center Corner

The Center for Career Planning and Workforce Strategies is pleased to offer a range of webinars covering job search skills, career development and transition. Presented by Career Center and Marketing staff, Faculty, Employers, and Industry Specialists, this growing series of webinars covers topics such as resume development, interviewing, salary negotiation, career transition, assessment, selecting a career field, and what it’s like to work in various industries or for specific employers, – and more!
  • Employer Information Session: Harris County (TX) Sheriff’s Office
    Wednesday, October 12 @ 11:30am PT / 2:30pm ET
    Presented by: Tanya White-Earnest and Senior Deputy Harolde Williams
  • The 21st Century Job Search: Compensation Negotiation
    Wednesday, October 26 @ 11:30am PT / 2:30pm ET
    Presented by: Tanya White-Earnest and Dr. Bruce Gillies

Alumni Community

Exciting work is happening to make YOUR Alumni Association better than ever! From the establishment of regional chapters, to new Alumni perks and savings, and social events; we are excited to give back to our students and grads who have committed to us over the years.
The strength of the Trident Alumni Association comes directly from its members—YOU. Your participation makes it possible for us to provide networking opportunities and events, scholarship funding, personal development experiences and more, to students and alumni around the globe and in every walk of life. In September, the Alumni Association hosted four chapter meetings in the state of Texas; Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Killeen! A big thank you to all those who took part in the discussion, planning, networking and collaboration!
In the month of October, the Association will host two Chapter meetings, the first in Enterprise, AL and the second in San Diego, CA. If you live near one of these cities, mark your calendarand be sure to join us!
At the Alabama chapter meeting, we will build upon the foundation established at the inaugural meeting in July and begin planning activities for the remainder of 2016. At the San Diego chapter meeting, we will create the foundation of what’s to come and work to build a chapter that meets your needs. Appetizers and refreshments will be served at both events and dress is casual.
If you don’t live near one of our October chapter meeting locations, take a look at our Regional Chapter locations below and reach out to us for more information on the next meetings:
  • Dallas, TX  |  El Paso, TX  |  Houston, TX  |  Killeen, TX  |  San Antonio, TX
  • Orange County, CA
  • Hampton Roads, VA
Don’t see your city listed or want to learn more about one of these chapters; email to make a recommendation or request more information!
Enjoy all of the fun that Fall has to offer and stay tuned for more exciting Alumni News in next month’s edition of Trident Today!